NEW FORCES IN THE WORLD'S LIFE 109 Thus great human masses, vastly outnumbering those of Europe, have actively entered history, and entered at the moment when they have acquired the worst phases of European civiliza- tion. All this makes the world-crisis all the more acute and opens really frightful perspectives to our vision. We have entered a period of decad- ence and anarchy, and at the same time men were never so possessed by the idea of organisation, planning, compulsory unity, state absolutism, as now. The roots of all this must be sought in. the plane of the spiritual, in the crisis of Chris- tianity and of religious consciousness in general, in the decline of spirituality. And only a new spirituality, which has not yet defined itself as an historical force, can bring real recovery.